The key in all of this is that the righteous (blood bought disciples of Jesus Christ) will suffer at the hands of people who are fully vested in this life; whereas we should strive to be fully commited to Jesus Christ.
I apparently had a swallowing problem before my surgery that was manageable. But it was impossible after the surgery (5 hours with a tube down my throat).
“Who am I” is an elementary question everyone has to answer. But have you ever asked this question of yourself? Do you like who you see in the mirror?
Jesus describes how the Comforter/Holy Spirit, God, and Jesus Himself are in constant communication with each other. But the real question is if we’re tuned in to this conversation. Often we’re like the car radio on a long trip and each station we tune in grows fainter as we distant ourselves from the radio tower.
When I take a closer longer look I start to wonder what is it that I really see? Is there a story behind this picture? Or is there simply a story within the picture, unintended by the family that put it up.
If the Holy Spirit is recognized in the church, then we are a part of His Kingdom. And the disciples lived to see this at Pentecost. God is intending us “to act” and not wait for the return of Jesus while neglecting to do His work in the here and now.
The key factor in maintaining an addiction is enabling. This enabling allows the addict to experience no consequences for their destructive habits. And a person who is co-dependent also will not function well if they don’t have some way to shelter the addict.
Mourning for a loved one is only temporal and certain sooner or later. But for a person lost in sin there is an eternal consequence and it’s not good.
I find myself not understanding my moods and my laziness. I’ve developed really poor sleep habits. My temper is coming back. I don’t believe I know myself as well as I should. I realize that I can’t fix myself without the Holy Spirit and my own introspection.
As men how truly adventuresome are we? Don’t we all aspire to be significant? And in what way? Does our spiritual life figure into this equation?